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Research project

Interactive community engagement using technology and citizen science for school and community capacity building on pelagic sargassum in Mexico

Project overview

SarTECH aims to innovatively link technology and citizen science, creating new knowledge to better understand and manage the adverse environmental and socio-economic impact induced by the sargassum influxes along the Caribbean coast of Mexico. In partnering with local schools, communities, and regional experts, SarTECH seeks to mature the technology for near shore monitoring of Sargassum, generate new data and translate existing research to build school and community capacities in sargassum monitoring within Quintana Roo.


Lead researcher

Dr Vicky Dominguez Almela

Teaching Fellow in Ecology

Research interests

  • Her work has included the use of individual-based models (IBMs), geographical information systems (GIS) and stable isotopes to increase understandings of invasion patterns and processes and evaluate invasive species eradication programmes.
  • Postgrad Rep and Social Media Lead of the British Ecological Society Invasion Science Group.
Other researchers

Professor Emma Tompkins

Prof of Geog, Environment & Development

Professor Jadu Dash

Professor of Remote Sensing

Research interests

  • Satellite derived land surface phenology and its validation with ground data
  • Developing a chlorophyll content based production efficiency model to quantify terrestrial carbon uptake
  • Impact of extreme climatic events on vegetation phenology

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups